Meet the Softball Coaches
Donna Campbell enters her nineteenth season at Abraham Baldwin College and her twenty eighth in the coaching profession. In 2012, Campbell was awarded the Easton Victory Club award for earning her 500th college career win. Before coming to ABAC, Campbell coached nine years on the high school level and has compiled a career record of 698 wins and 456 losses and 533 wins and 378 as ABAC’s Head Coach. In twenty seven years of coaching, Campbell’s teams have won 7 State titles and 3 State Runner Up titles, and five national tournament appearances.
Nineteen years ago, in her first year as a collegiate coach, her ABAC team went 44-12 and won the 1996 National Junior College Slowpitch Championship. She was named NJCAA Slowpitch Coach of the Year. In 15 years of coaching fastpitch at ABAC, she has guided her teams to five GJCAA State titles, two GJCAA State Runner Up finishes, one District C championship, and four top 16 NJCAA finishes competing in four National Tournaments.
Since starting the fastpitch program, Campbell’s teams have captured the GJCAA State titles five times. (97, 98, 00, 01, and 02). Campbell has been named GJCAA Fastpitch Coach of the Year five times; 97, 98, 00, 01, 02
As a former player for Sunbelt/ Blaze, Campbell was inducted into the Georgia USSSA Softball Hall of Fame in 1997 and has been named to All-American teams at past National Tournaments. Campbell has retired as an active player following the 2000 Summer season.
Over her coaching career, Campbell has maintained a passion for the game she loves so much. Campbell’s philosophy of hard work, commitment, and dedication to her players, her program and loyalty to ABAC, has made Coach Campbell a successful college coach.
Kim returns for her fifth year of assisting Coach Campbell. She was an assistant coach for the Fillies in 2006-07 as a volunteer assistant. Coach Griffin is a 2000 graduate of Tift County High School where she was a multi-sport athlete playing softball and basketball for the Lady Devil programs. Kim signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Georgia Southern University in 2000. At Georgia Southern, she was a constant in the Lady Eagle infield all four years of her collegiate career. Kim graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Sports Management. Campbell: “Kim brings many things to ABAC and our softball program. She has a spirit of competitiveness that is contagious for the young Fillies each season. She challenges the players and motivates them in a way that just makes each player want to get better every day. Kim loves the game as I do and together we have fun coaching and are looking forward to a great 2014 season.”
Karli returns to Fillie field as Coach Campbell’s new assistant coach. Karli played 3rd base for the Fillies in 2013 but will change hats by assisting Campbell this season. Karli graduated from Tift County High School in 2011 and is majoring in Radiology at Moultrie Technical College. “I am super excited to have Karli join me coaching this young Fillie team. She will bring energy to the field each day and I expect the players to learn from her experience as a college player.”
Bobbie Jo Royals
Bobbie Jo returns to Fillie field as Coach Campbell’s new assistant coach. Bobbie Jo was a 2 time All Region catcher for the Fillies the past two seasons. Bobbie Jo was a 2011 graduate from Berrien County High School and is continuing her education as a Nursing Major at ABAC.
“I am so excited to have Bobbie Jo helping me coach this season, as she brings a wealth of knowledge to our young catchers and team and I expect the players to learn from her experience as a college player.”